Originally created 11/29/06

County wants to have day for recycling electronic products



Do not throw away your old electronic equipment - not just yet.

Aiken County officials plan to apply for a $48,000, no-match grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to hold an electronic waste recycling day in May.

"This grant will pay for about 200,000 pounds of material to be disposed of," said county administrator Clay Killian.

The recycling project would be conducted with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control's contract vendor, Global Investment Recovery Inc., at a cost of 21 cents a pound.

Acceptable electronic materials must comply with the company's recycling program, Mr. Killian said.

Global, which has a facility in Salley, collects scrap electronic equipment such as televisions, computer monitors, central processing units, printers, fax machines, keyboards, laptops, modems, power supplies, printed circuit boards and cell phones.

According to the company's Web site, electronic waste contains significant amounts of lead, mercury, lithium, cadmium and beryllium.

The average computer monitor contains five pounds of lead, the Web site said, and improper disposal of monitors is one of the leading causes of lead contamination in landfills nationwide.

Global, which recently was recognized by the state Department of Commerce as South Carolina's best medium-size recycling company, also is the primary destruction contractor for the Department of Defense.

The company works with corporations, hospitals, government agencies and nonprofit organizations. It does not recycle individuals' electronic waste.

Reach Betsy Gilliland at (803) 648-1395, ext. 113, or betsy.gilliland@augustachronicle.com.